- Associated Press - Thursday, July 21, 2016

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) - The authors of a geological study of the Oso mudslide have been awarded one of the Geological Society of America’s top prizes for their report.

The Daily Herald of Everett reports (https://bit.ly/29RDySX ) that University of Washington professors Joseph Wartman and David Montgomery were awarded the E.B. Burwell Jr. Award for their work on a study looking into the causes, behavior and implications of the slide.

The E.B. Burwell Jr. Award is the top prize given to an engineering geology paper each year.

The slide in March 2014 killed 43 people and damaged a huge swath of land. Wartman and Montgomery’s Geotechical Extreme Events Reconnaissance report was completed in July 2014, making it the first significant scientific study of the slide.

The report found no clear cause of the mudslide.

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Information from: The Daily Herald, https://www.heraldnet.com

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